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Archive for: March, 2016

It’s up to Republicans to hold Rep. Matt Shea accountable

INTRODUCTION by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO: Today’s Republican Party is struggling for its identity. Bigotry, hatred, and xenophobia fueled by presidential hopefuls is moving the party further away from the Lincoln ideal expressed in his 1858 “A House Divided” speech. Just as the national Republican Party needs to figure […]

Privatization, RIP GOP, overdue OT pay, White Riot…

Friday, March 18, 2016   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — Lawmakers debate teacher raises as budget talks drag on — A teacher shortage has created a high demand for qualified teachers in Washington state. It’s a problem that is figuring prominently in negotiations over the state budget this year. Budget negotiators […]

UPDATE: Nestora Salgado freed from prison after 2½ years

UPDATE: She’s free! Here’s KOMO News coverage of Nestora Salgado’s release from prison.     The following is from Free Nestora: (March 18, 2016) — After two-and-a-half years behind bars, most of the time spent in solitary confinement in a remote Mexican high security prison, political prisoner Nestora Salgado of Renton, Wash., will walk out […]

Murdock Trust raises eyebrows by funding Freedom Foundation

By DAN PETEGORSKY (March 18, 2016) — In 1997, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy published a seminal report by researcher Sally Covington, “Moving a Public Policy Agenda: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations.” As Covington warned back then: “For more than three decades, conservative strategists have mounted an extraordinary effort to reshape politics and […]

I-1433 volunteers needed for Dem caucuses

Raise Up Washington, the campaign for Initiative 1433, needs volunteers to collect signatures at some 500 Democratic Party caucus meetings on Saturday, March 26 across Washington state. I-1433 would raise the state minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour over the next four years and allow all workers to earn up to seven paid sick days per […]

GOP’s blockade, IAM=$$$ at Boeing, working-class millennials…

Thursday, March 17, 2016   SUPREME COURT   ♣  In today’s NY Times — GOP leaders refuse to budge on nominee — Judge Garland has been praised by members of both parties, but Senate Republicans reiterated that they would not consider him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared on the Senate floor shortly after […]

King County Council moves to protect region’s public airwaves

SEATTLE (March 17, 2016) — By unanimous vote, the Metropolitian King County Council on Monday passed a motion 9-0 that may well protect the region’s public airwaves and emergency broadcast systems.  Following a 3-0 vote by the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on March 8, the councilmembers greenlighted the development of a report on the […]

‘Consensus nominee’ Garland faces GOP’s political blockade

EDITORIAL (March 17, 2016) — On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. The president did his job by selecting an exceptionally well-qualified nominee. So now it’s time for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to do […]

New Murray legislation aims to crack down on wage theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2016) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act on Wednesday, legislation to crack down on employers who engage in wage theft. This bill would give workers the right to receive full compensation for […]

Centrist nominees, truth about trade, polyester’s comeback…

Wednesday, March 16, 2016   SUPREME COURT   ► Breaking news from Reuters — Obama nominates Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court — President Obama has nominated veteran appellate court judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a potentially ferocious political showdown with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block any Obama […]


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